Manhattan Leaders Push Back Against Zoning Changes Connected to Mayor's Affordable Housing Plan

Manhattan community leaders are pushing back against two major zoning changes connected to Mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing plan.

The community leaders argue that the proposals would allow for denser apartment buildings, and the requirements for low- and middle-income units in new developments are simply too broad.

As a result, nearly every community board in Manhattan has rejected them, and on Monday, the Manhattan Borough Board is expected to do the same.

"I think we all agree that we want to have affordable housing, and so that's a laudable goal. The question is: how do we get there? So we all have to work to find one size not fitting all," said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. "And so you have to be more nuanced in different neighborhoods, and then you have to figure out the issues that are most troubling and get them resolved."

The vote is only advisory. It's up to the City Council to make the ultimate decision, but with opposition mounting citywide, it's expected that the administration will make changes to the plans.

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